Our Personal Story
Together my husband Greg Morris and I had vision to create a warm and comfortable southern homelike living environment with services and conveniences that give our seniors an enjoyable, happy, contented lifestyle. Everyone deserves to find pleasure in each day at any age.
We began this journey to better care for our seniors when our dad had a stroke and developed dementia. We all tried to do our best for him, especially Gail Anne his eldest daughter, but it was not enough to meet his needs. It was hard to watch the strong minded Italian man that worked his whole life for his family with so much pride, dignity and love; struggle. Finally, with his blessing; we decided to do something about it.
It was a long journey for our family and we could not find a reason that this wonderful man must suffer like this. Well, he was not really suffering as much as we thought. He went about his day the way he wanted. He had no idea that his short term memory was not working. He smiled, took care of the yard, the pups, watched TV, ate his meals and went to bed. He could not understand why we were acting the way were acting. We were the ones suffering, because he did not remember anything we would say or what we would tell him to do and it was frustrating. We were constantly making sure he was eating, sleeping, walking, taking medicines, etc., a bit overwhelming to him. We made him crazy and he wanted his own space. After having his own home for 60 years, living with us was not working for him.
We toured many senior living communities and even tried one for a month. They claimed to be the best but were not. We did find a lovely place by our home after 3 years of searching. He loved his apartment and he wanted all new furniture (picked it out himself), big screen TV, a comfy recliner and ablue sofa… There he came back to life.
He enjoyed musical events; people his age to eat with, and most of all he met a lovely lady friend that he grew to love very much. With our mother being gone for more than 10 years, he had experienced much loneliness. He enjoyed taking his lady friend out to dinner at the beach, walks in the garden and tours of St. Augustine.
Dad, known as “Poppy”, was so proud and excited when we told him that we would create this lifestyle for other seniors, in areas of Florida where it was most needed. He followed our progress daily with encouragement and excitement. His Son-in-Law, Mr. Morris, driving, and Ms. Terry Lee in the front seat, Poppy in the back seat with his daughter Mrs. Morris; on the way to Poppy’s favorite Italian Restaurant “Mario’s”; listening to Frank Sinatra and the “Rat Pack”… his advice for opening our first Plantation Oaks Senior Living was; “there must be music, live music with a singer that can sing and most important the food must be good and hot!
We lost our Dad/Poppy, August 4, 2011.
We dedicate our Journey to all of our family members that we have lost. We would like to thank our family and friends that helped us to achieve our goals especially Phil and Janna Steinke, Greg’s parents along with Gail Scoppettuolo, my sister and Tiffany and Bill, our children. I most of all want to thank my husband; Mr. Morris who is the most amazing man, he masterminded every aspect of acquiring this project from the financing, the management, the construction, the roofing, the mill work even the nuts and bolts… During the most challenging times of construction, when things seemed impossible; Mr. Morris would find a way to get it done. He would say “I want it this way because that’s how Poppy would have wanted it and that is how it will be done.”
We hope you love our new home as much as we do.